Wednesday, July 17, 2013



Congratulations on getting the attention you so desperately wanted. Facebook. Twitter,
and even Matt Lauer of the "Today" show talked about you a lot on Wednesday. I have to
be honest, I  thought your magazine went out of circulation years ago along with Teen and
Men's Vogue. I guess I'm just not as hip as I used to be. But with the early release of the
cover story due out August 3rd, you made it clear the Rolling Stone still has a pulse.

Putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover was bold, not to mention insensitive.  Glorifying
one of the two men, who, allegedly, bombed the Boston Marathon to sell a few more magazines,
is about as low as it gets. Was Aaron Hernandez not worthy of consideration? Oh, that's right,
you're waiting to see if he really shot his buddy in the face or killed those two guys at a stop
light in Boston last year.  After all, an NFL star who kills just one man is not newsworthy
enough to get on your cover these days, is it?

I'm sure you'll print that story the week of the NFL's season opener to create more of a buzz
on the Internet and you'll be "trending" on Twitter. That will validate the comeback of Rolling
Stone, for sure.

Why on earth you would choose to deify a coward is beyond me. I realize he may remind
you of Jim Morrison and that attracts  a certain audience, but come on, that is weak, real
weak. I'm sure if Adam Lanza bore a resemblance to Bruce Springsteen, you probably
would've put him on your cover also. But he wasn't "sexy" enough, so you didn't.

I'm close to certain your editor-in-chief came out of womb of the Geraldo show, or perhaps
one of the other trash TV programs like Morton Downey, Jr., or Jerry Springer. He knows that
trash sells, and the more outrageous, the better. Good for him. He's the one who has to look in
the mirror every day.

You make Tsarnaev to be some kind of rock star and he's far from it. Jeff Bauman and Carlos
Arredondo  are the real rock stars and the real heroes. You should've put them on your cover.
Tsarnaev is C-O-W-A-R-D. On April 15, he was just like a   little puppy dog following his
master around on that day back in  April.  He was  a 'yes man', subservient to his brother, who
was the mastermind behind the plot that killed three innocent people and injured more than 200 others.

There was nothing spectacular in what he did. He dropped off a back-pack, walked calmly for cover, then watched with enjoyment as people had their legs blown off by the  bombs he helped make. Kim Kardashian has more talent than  that.

Worse, yet, you poached the kid's selfie off his Facebook page and used it for your cover.
That's weak, real weak.

This is a sad day for you, Rolling Stone. I sure hope it was worth it.

Paul Devlin

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